I’ve written several times in this blog about the attention I pay to attendance and the effect it seems to have on students. I even came up with a theory about it: because I track it, students understand that I value it. Yesterday I got an email from a student that lets me know that my current bunch of students is still hearing the message loud and clear. It started with this line:

I know you take attendance seriously, so I wanted to let you know I will be about 45 minutes late for class tomorrow …

This is from a student in my accelerated Python class. In that class attendance counts for 0% of the grade — there is absolutely no consequence for their grade if they don’t show up. But the student who wrote the above is correct: I do take attendance seriously. And I’m glad he knows that.

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